Merging Into Life Podcast: Buying Your First Car

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Buying your first car? Here is what you need to know.

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How do you get the highest value for the lowest price? Is it better to buy new or used? Lease or pay in full? Four door or hatchback? Ford, GMC, Toyota, Volkswagen – which is best?

There’s a lot to know about buying a car. Don’t worry  – we got you!

You’ll learn how to negotiate a deal, where to get financing, the best time to buy a vehicle and what to know before you even start shopping.

Guests: Nicole Wakelin, automotive journalist, and Ted Lyons, VP of financial services at AAA Northeast, share their expertise.


[3:01] – The first things you need to consider before you start car shopping
[9:55] – The best time to buy a vehicle
[10:34] – Budgeting and the importance of getting pre-approved


Amanda Greene: I go to get into the car this morning and there’s a puddle under it. I can’t tell what this is. Oil, brake fluid, coolant, whatever it is, I’m fairly sure it should be in the car and not on my driveway. The air conditioning doesn’t work. Rust is starting to show and now this, I’m out. It’s time for a new car.

Welcome to Merging into Life where we navigate life’s milestones, one episode at a time. Brought to you by AAA Northeast. I’m your host, Amanda Greene.


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